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Dec 5, 2016
This week’s theme
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This week’s words
succulent

succulent
Illustration: Leah Palmer Preiss

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with Anu Garg

Earlier this year, as in the last few years, I gave a few words to the artist Leah Palmer Preiss (curiouser AT mindspring.com) and she used alchemy and gramarye and who knows what to convert those words into magical works of art. Enjoy each of this week’s words accompanied by her illustrations.

See previous years’ illustrations here: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011.

succulent

PRONUNCIATION:
(SUHK-yuh-luhnt)

MEANING:
adjective:1. Juicy.
 2. Having thick fleshy leaves or stems for storing water, as a cactus.
 3. Interesting or enjoyable.
noun:A succulent plant.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin succus (juice). Earliest documented use: 1601.

USAGE:
“This gorgeous chardonnay majors on succulent peachy fruit.”
Top Tipples; Western Daily Press (Bristol, UK); May 7, 2016.

“This was fabulous, very succulent gossip!”
Joclyn Gipson; Dangerous Sister; Dog Ear Publishing; 2006.

See more usage examples of succulent in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? Yes, work never begun. -Christina Rossetti, poet (5 Dec 1830-1894)

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